Labour local government is already a beacon of progressive politics: vote on May 5 to keep it so

With just over two weeks to go to local elections on May 5, Tristram Hunt yesterday evening issued a clarion call for true devolution – thorough-going enough to truly shift the balance of power back to local government and local people. Tristram Hunt’s speech was a call for Labour to take full ownership of the … Continue reading Labour local government is already a beacon of progressive politics: vote on May 5 to keep it so

Socialism with an iPad – John McDonnell’s major speech on the economy

Ahead of Osborne’s autumn statement, John McDonnell, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, has made a major speech setting out Labour’s priorities on the economy. At its heart is major investment in scientific, technological and skills infrastructure and a new contract for the workforce - including the new self-employed workforce. ‘Labour in government will bring together business, unions, … Continue reading Socialism with an iPad – John McDonnell’s major speech on the economy


Dan Jarvis’s Labour vision for the N powerhouse: driving our nation’s economy, tackling deep inequalities, rooted in Labour values


Today Dan Jarvis, Labour MP for Barnsley Central, spoke to the IPPR North conference on the State of the North in Sheffield. He outlined a Labour vision of devolution – one which sees a Northern Powerhouse driving our nation’s economy, but also tackling the deep inequalities across our country - one which puts power, wealth … Continue reading 
Dan Jarvis’s Labour vision for the N powerhouse: driving our nation’s economy, tackling deep inequalities, rooted in Labour values


Budget cuts, housing, devolution, diversity and registration – Harriet Harman in Harrogate today on the challenges facing local government

Harriet Harman today addressed the Local Government Association in Harrogate. She began by congratulating the incoming leader of the LGA ‘though we are not in the same party, I want to say clearly to you Gary, that we will work to back you up in your role of championing the cause of local government – … Continue reading Budget cuts, housing, devolution, diversity and registration – Harriet Harman in Harrogate today on the challenges facing local government

On Anniversary of Convention which set pattern for America – Leeds and other Core Cities bid for devolution.

Yesterday the Core cities – of which Leeds is one – issued their declaration for devolution. It calls for local power, extended and deepened local democracy, and lays out a clear timetable for achieving them. It offers a growth in the UK economy – equivalent to adding Denmark to the UK economy. As we’ve said … Continue reading On Anniversary of Convention which set pattern for America – Leeds and other Core Cities bid for devolution.

Financial responsibility, Tax justice, A Britain that works for all its people: Ed Miliband launches Labour’s manifesto

Below we post a shortened and lightly edited version of Ed Miliband’s speech launching Labour’s manifesto yesterday. You can download and read the whole manifesto here. http://b.3cdn.net/labouruk/e1d45da42456423b8c_vwm6brbvb.pdf If you agree with our policies, help us to secure a Labour government on May 7 - and support the campaign for Alex Sobel to win here in … Continue reading Financial responsibility, Tax justice, A Britain that works for all its people: Ed Miliband launches Labour’s manifesto

LibDem/Tory Coalition took away Yorkshire’s EU millions, then stop us controlling what’s left. What devolution??

South Yorkshire has just lost £50 million of EU funding. Lib Dem Business Secretary, Vince Cable, announced he was cutting this funding in June 2013. South Yorkshire councils have been fighting the decision ever since – and the Coalition have been fighting hard to defend it. The Supreme court has not come down in the … Continue reading LibDem/Tory Coalition took away Yorkshire’s EU millions, then stop us controlling what’s left. What devolution??

Thousands of visitors to our website. Sample what’s been attracting them in 2014, and join them in 2015 – Happy New Year!

2014 has been our first full year on this website – and a hugely successful one. Visits to the site are now numbering in tens of thousands. On our reckoning - based on the website's own statistics - the faithful readership we established in 2013 has been growing rapidly all through 2014. It looks as … Continue reading Thousands of visitors to our website. Sample what’s been attracting them in 2014, and join them in 2015 – Happy New Year!

How many members of the House of Lords live in Yorkshire? Labour’s new Senate is REAL radicalism

How many members of the House of Lords do you think live in Yorkshire? According to last available figures – just 27. And how many live in London – 154 – and in South East – 119; that’s 273 altogether – more than ten times as many as in Yorkshire and the Humber. 30% of … Continue reading How many members of the House of Lords live in Yorkshire? Labour’s new Senate is REAL radicalism

London-style powers over transport for Leeds: James Lewis welcomes Labour’s devolution plans

Yesterday Ed Miliband announced Labour's plans for devolution. Powers to regulate public transport will be right there at the centre of them. Labour's plans will give the county and city regions powers at the moment enjoyed only by London. James Lewis, Chair of Metro West Yorkshire, has warmly welcomed them. He and his Labour colleagues … Continue reading London-style powers over transport for Leeds: James Lewis welcomes Labour’s devolution plans